After Tuesday's drubbing, Ted Cruz is desperately seeking attention, and maybe some traction in California as a side benefit. So today, in what is possibly the most-leaked story of 2016, Cruz will announce that he plans to name Carly Fiorina as his running mate in his imaginary bid for the White House.
The announcement, which was teased early Wednesday morning and will be made official Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis, comes the day after Cruz suffered a drubbing at the hands of Donald Trump in five northeastern primaries — losses that mathematically eliminated Cruz from getting the 1,237 delegates he’d need to clinch the GOP nomination.
Cruz’s hopes now rest in a contested convention this summer in Cleveland, where the Texas senator would hope to stop Trump on the first ballot and then win in subsequent rounds of voting thanks to support from the loyal delegates his campaign has assiduously courted.
The Cruz campaign deliberated over whether to pick Fiorina for the last two weeks, according to one person familiar with the move. It has polled the potential ticket, examining it for its prospective strengths and weaknesses.
The hope within the campaign is that Fiorina will help Cruz in California, which will award 172 delegates on June 7. Fiorina is scheduled to give the keynote address at this weekend’s California Republican Party convention, speaking hours after Cruz takes the stage.
Aw, didn't anyone tell Tailgunner Ted that Carly Fiorina is more or less universally loathed in California after her ridiculous failed campaign against Barbara Boxer?
Also, is this what Trump might call "playing the woman card?"
As Shep Smith says in the video mocking Cruz's need for narrative, "That path may be a dead end."